Saturday 1 October 2016

Going to the Leinster v Connacht Pro12 final? Here are the best ways to get to Edinburgh

Catherine Devine

Published 24/05/2016 | 11:57

Hundreds of Irish supporters are planning a trip to Edinburgh this weekend to watch Connacht play Leinster in the Guinness PRO12 final on Saturday. With flights and hotel prices soaring, here are some options to get there.

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1)      Flights from Dublin to Edinburgh

Saturday morning flights from Dublin to Edinburgh are sold out with Ryanair, with the option of paying €235 for the last available flight from Dublin at 6:25am on Friday morning.

There is a flight out of Edinburgh at 9.10pm on Saturday night for €236, which would mean supporters would have to rush to the airport after the final whistle.

Flights home on Sunday from Edinburgh to Dublin are all sold out so supporters would have to wait until Monday to fly home with the airline with flights ranging from €51.99 to €185.99.

Aer Lingus’ earliest flight from Dublin to Edinburgh is €301.99, departing Dublin at 1:20pm on Saturday, arriving at 2:35pm.

The last flight home with Aer Lingus is at 9:30pm, priced at €170. There are no available flights home on Sunday, meaning supporters would have to wait for a return flight home on Monday with prices ranging from €82.99 to €272.99.

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2)      Fly to Glasgow

Flights with Ryanair are still expensive at €227.99, with services departing Dublin on Saturday at 7:20am and 2pm, although the latter would require a mad rush from the airport to Murrayfield. Buses and trains are available from Glasgow to Edinburgh. 

The last flight home on Saturday night is at 9.55pm, costing €122.99.

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3)      Take the boat.

There are several options to get from Ireland to Edinburgh by ferry. The quickest way of getting to Edinburgh is via Stenaline’s Belfast / Cairnryan route. The ferry crossing takes just over two hours with the car journey from Cairnryan to Edinburgh taking around three hours.

Ferries from Belfast to Cairnryan are €105 at 3:30am on Saturday, arriving at 5:52am, leaving you with plenty of time before the match.

The Ferry that departs Belfast at 7:30am, arriving at 10am in Cairnryan on Saturday morning is sold out.

At €152, a ferry departing Belfast at 11:00am, arriving at Cairnryan at 1:30pm, will have you in Edinburgh at roughly 4:30pm, leaving you a bit tight for time the 5:30pm kick-off.

Stenaline has a late return ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast at 11:59pm at €117, allowing enough time for supporters to do a one day trip for the match.

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4)      Joe Walsh Tours private charter

Joe Walsh Tours are providing a special deal at €424 which offers return flights from Dublin to Edinburgh and transport to and from the stadium on Saturday.

The flight on Saturday morning departs Dublin at 11:00am arriving in Edinburgh at 11:45am.

The flight home from Edinburgh leaves at 11:50pm on Saturday night, arriving in Dublin at 12:40am.

All information correct at time of publication; flight costs subject to change.

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